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€22 million Real Madrid loanee likely to become a part of the first team next season

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A recent report from ABC (h/t Madrid Xtra) has offered an update on the future of Brahim Diaz. The young playmaker is currently plying his trade for AC Milan, having joined the club on loan from Real Madrid in the summer of 2021.

The report suggests Diaz is in contention to become a part of Real Madrid’s first-team next season as the club’s hierarchy is keen on shoring up the options in the creative department.

During his ongoing spell at AC Milan, Diaz has featured in 107 competitive matches, racking up 16 goals and 10 assists. He has not been one of the most crucial players for the Rossoneri, but his contributions have been critical for coach Stefano Pioli.

However, Milan do not believe his performances are worth paying €22 million, which would be the valuation if the Serie A giants want to sign the player on a permanent deal at the end of the season. Not to mention, the Madrid club have the right to buy the player back for a fee of just €27 million.

This has led to uncertainty over the future of Diaz. But as per the report, Real Madrid are open to having him back at Santiago Bernabeu this summer. It appears the Spanish champions are looking to incorporate the Spaniard as part of the first team next season.

This is hardly surprising as Real Madrid are indeed facing a lot of uncertainty as far as their midfield unit is concerned. Luka Modric is running on his last legs while Toni Kroos is flirting with the idea of early retirement.

While Dani Ceballos has done an excellent job since the turn of the year, there is a substantial chance for Brahim Diaz to make a name for himself next season, especially considering that he can provide an option for the right flank as well.

However, Diaz’s prospects and future at the Santiago Bernabeu may also rely on Real Madrid’s pursuit of Jude Bellingham. As things stand, though, a comeback to the club is looking increasingly likely for the Spanish prospect.

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Real Madrid superstar reveals how advice from Brazil legend helped him improve

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Even with all the excitement around Kylian Mbappe, it is Vinicius Junior, who continues to be Real Madrid’s biggest star.

In the past few years, the Brazilian has witnessed substantial growth, notably establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence has been backed by numbers as well, with the forward racking up 82 goals and 75 assists in 262 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

Vinicius on receiving advice from Ronaldo

In a recent media interaction, Vinicius Junior, when talking about his success at Real Madrid, revealed that the forward constantly receives advice from his compatriot and former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo.

Vinicius particularly pointed out Ronaldo’s advice in 1v1 situations and how it has helped him improve in such scenarios.

“Ronaldo always calls me and gives me advice, he teaches me so many things. Since he told me that his favourite thing is a 1v1 vs a GK, I thought about it a lot and started working on it really hard,” Vinicius said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Ronaldo regularly speaks with Vinicius. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now, every time I’m in a 1v1 with a GK, I’m the calmest guy in the world. Ever since that conversation with Ronaldo, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes in a 1v1,” the forward added.

Vinicius has indeed witnessed an improvement in his 1v1 play in recent years, which has been reflected in his higher goalscoring numbers.

This season, the forward has netted 23 goals in all competitions while racking up 11 assists. His goalscoring prowess, coupled with his ability in 1v1 situations could prove to be critical as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final next month.

The Brazilian international, though, will be up against a challenging defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck, who have been able to keep the opposition attacks quiet this season.

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